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Alan Arkin’s Wives: Meet the Three Women He Married Over the Years

The Academy-award-winning actor Alan Arkin is no longer with us. The Little Miss Sunshine star who died at the age of 89 has left behind his three sons and his wife, Suzanne  Newlander.

His three sons Adam, Matthew, and Anthony confirmed the news of his death via a statement issued to People magazine. They said, “Our father was a uniquely talented force of nature, both as an artist and a man.”

Alan’s sons further added, “A loving husband, father, grand and great grandfather, he was adored and will be deeply missed.” Arkin is survived by his three sons: Adam, Matthew, and Anthony, and his wife Suzanne Newlander.

At the moment, the whole world is mourning the loss of the iconic actor. Throughout his life, Alan who made his film debut in the 1967 movie The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming, walked down the aisle three times.

Before getting married to Susan Newlander, the Tony winner was hitched to Barbara Dana and Jeremey Yaffe. Continue reading further to learn everything about the personal life of the Hollywood veteran Alan Arkin including his three wives.

Alan Arkin was married three times

Yeah, you read that right. Alan Arkin, the character actor known for his versatility in drama and comedy got married a total of three times. At first, he tied the knot with Jeremy Yaffe in the year 1955 and they parted ways in 1961.

Soon after, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter actor moved on in his life with Barbara Dana. He wedded for the second time in 1964. Just like his first marriage, his second wasn’t meant to last forever.

Arkin and his second wife Dana, got divorced in the year 1994 after almost 30 years together. Then, he said, ‘I Do’ to his third wife Suzanne Newlander in 1996 and the two lovebirds were together until his demise in June 2023.

Jeremy Yaffe

Alan Arkin and his first wife Jeremy Yaffe exchanged their vows in the year 1955. As per a report by The US Sun, the pair tied the knot on December 14, 1955. It has been reported by a few outlets, that Yaffe is reportedly a retired nurse. The pair stayed together for almost 6 years before divorcing in 1961.

During the course of their marriage, the Thirteen Conversations About One Thing actor and his first wifey Jeremy welcomed two kids together, both sons. Yaffe gave birth to her and Alan’s first child, son Adam Arkin, on August 19, 1956.

Arkin and Jeremy’s second child, son Matthew joined them earthside in 1960. Their son Matthew came into the world on March 21, 1960. Both their sons followed in the footsteps of their famous father and decided to pursue their own careers in the entertainment world. Adam and Matthew are actors by profession.

Barbara Dana

After his divorce from his first wife Jeremy Yaffe, Alan gave another shot at love with actress-screenwriter Barbara Dana. Her bio on Turner Classic Movies, reads, “actress who had a successful Hollywood career.”

The Last of the Red Hot Lovers star went on to marry his second wife Barbara Dana in 1964. The two of them walked down the aisle on June 16, 1964. The pair welcomed their only child together, Anthony Arkin in 1967. The former couple pulled the plug on their romance in 1994 after 30 years of marriage.

Dana started her acting career by appearing in some films like 1968’s Inspector Clouseau, which starred her then-husband, Alan Arkin. Her bio on the official website of Turner Classic Movies also states, “She kept working in film throughout the seventies and the eighties, starring in the Alan Arkin comedy Fire Sale (1977) and The In-Laws (1979).”

In addition to this, Barbara also starred in the show Sesame Street in the early days of the program. She played the role of Phyllis in the Larry and Phyllis sketches. She was also cast in the television movie The Other Side of Hell.

Dana also made a couple of guest appearances on TV specials like A Matter of Principle, Necessary Parties, and many more. Along with this, she was also seen in the 2007 film Raising Flagg.

The Marley & Me actor and his then-wife Barbara appeared in 3 movies together and they are as follows: Inspector Clouseau, Fire Sale, and The In-Laws. They separated in 1994 after 3 decades together.

Suzanne Newlander

Alan’s third wife was Suzanne Newlander, a psychotherapist. Arkin and Suzanne got married in 1996. During an earlier interview with The Guardian, Alan revealed that he and his wife led a quiet life while living out in California.

Xan Brooks shared, “They rarely leave the house and avoid discussing politics or the state of the environment.” The Argo actor mentioned that he avoided these discussions because he didn’t “want to live in a state of terror” all the time.

Arkin even incorporated his wife into his work on the comedy show The Kominsky Method starring Michael Douglas, Paul Reiser, and Sarah Baker. For those of you who are unaware, let us share with you, the show revolves around an acting coach.

Alan played the role of Norman Newlander, Sandy’s friend and agent in the show. The surname of his character in the show was a sweet nod to his wife Suzanne Newlander. In 2019, Jayne Seymour disclosed that how she met with Alan’s wife over an awkward scene in The Kominsky Method.

At that time, Seymour told Closer Weekly, “[Alan said] ‘Oh my God, I’m gonna have a love scene with Jane Seymour. So… he looks at his wife, and then he turned to me and said, ‘Could you have brunch with my wife because I wanted her to meet you because I believe we have to become intimate.”

She further added, “So it was the cutest thing. We went out for brunch. Suzanne’s lovely! She gave me the OK. And then we would giggle about and Alan. And… I really watched how she was with him and her kind of way of dealing with him — because the character he plays is not far off from who he is. It might be who he is!”

Sending lots of positivity and strength to Alan Arkin’s wife Suzanne Newlander and his three sons: Adam, Matthew, and Anthony during this hard time. Stay in touch with us for the latest updates from the world of showbiz.

Meenal Mehta
Meenal Mehta
Hi, I am Meenal. I'm a travel enthusiast, a movie buff and a cricket fan all wrapped in one. I love to capture moments through my words. Writing is my happy space, it has been a great way of putting all my thoughts out and feel liberated.


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